I was given my Amorphophallus by the owner of Wagler’s Greenhouse in July 2017. We have exchanged many plants since I moved back to the farm in 2013. When I was there in July with my sister I saw she had several of these. Mrs. Wagler happily said I could have one and I happily accepted. Well, I had just taken her 4 different Alocasia. She knew it was a Voodoo Lily and said her mom also had several when she was growing up. I had a Dracunculus when I was in Mississippi but it was dormant when I left and I forgot all about it!
According to The Plant List (version 2013), there are 198 accepted species names (plus another 5 infraspecific names), 200 synonyms (plus 34 infraspecific names), and 15 unresolved names.
Depending on what species you are talking about, there are many common names including: Voodoo Lily, Corpse Flower, Devil’s Tongue, Snake Plant, Zaminkand, etc. There are just a few species that are popular and widely available, so that will narrow the search down quite a bit. I will just have to wait until it flowers.
Voodoo Lily is a name given to several plants in the Araceae (Arum) family of aroids, which includes species in the Amorphophallus, Dracunculus, Sauromatum and Typhonium genera.
The name Amorphophallus comes from the Greek word “amorphos” which means “without form or misshapen” and the word “phallos” which means “penis” which is in reference to the shape of the spadix. GEEZ!!! My computer’s new hard drive just learned a lot of new words!
There is A LOT of information about this genus and various species on the internet, so I am not going into great detail. Information on the Wikipedia is a good place to start. Plant Delights usually has a good selection…
Each bulb or tuber (whatever you call it) produces one petiole. All that growth in the above photo is actually ONE leaf.
Even though that looks like there are several branches with many leaves… One petiole per bulb, one magnificent leaf on top…
SO, until my Amorphophallus flowers, I have no idea what species it is. Since I just received it this year, I don’t have much experience with it so hopefully, it will survive and do well.
I will continue adding more photos and experience about this plant as time goes on. If you have any comments or suggestions about this plant, I would love to hear from you.
By the time temps started getting cooler, both of the plants in the pot went dormant.